Southern Maine Coast Photography Workshop

Southern Maine Coast Photography Workshop 2019


Dates: August 16-18, 2019

Tuition:  $1,150.00

Location: Southern Maine

Instructor(s): Kurt Budliger & Benjamin Williamson


We are incredibly excited to be teaming up with acclaimed Maine photographer Benjamin Williamson and Down East Magazine for a series of 3 day workshops on the Maine Coast in 2019. From York to Scarborough, this area encompasses sections of Maine’s classic rocky coast along with photogenic lighthouses, working harbors, historic buildings, and beautiful sand beaches. We’ll determine the best locations on the day of the workshop based on our reading of the weather and conditions. Possible include Nubble Lighthouse, Marginal Way Ogunquit, Perkins Cove, Kennebunkport, Cape Porpoise, Biddeford Pool, Old Orchard Beach, Kettle Cove, Two Lights, Portland Head Light, and Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse.

Key Features:

  • Gain a strong technical foundation in outdoor photography
  • Learn the importance of “seeing the light”
  • Learn how to use filters
  • Photographic Composition and Design
  • Advanced field techniques
  • Photograph quaint fishing harbors, lighthouses and other classic New England scenes
  • Photograph sunrise and sunsets along the stunning Maine coast
  • Learn best practices of image processing and bring your images to life using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Get individualized instruction and critique in the field as well as classroom


The workshop will kick off on Thursday evening with a group dinner at a location to be determined. We will officially begin the workshop bright and early on Friday August 16 with our first field session.  There is no “set” daily schedule, rather we keep things flexible in order to best respond to the weather and light available for making images.  Typically, we’ll be out for sunrise, shoot until mid morning and then take a break for a meal and brief rest.  We’ll reconvene for instruction, post processing and critique during the mid-day hours when the light is typically less conducive to photography.  We’ll then head back out into the field in the late afternoon and evening for a sunset shoot and the possibility of a night photography session as well.

Physical Difficulty:

There will be no strenuous hiking involved during the workshop and most locations will be close to the road.  Some locations, however may involve a short hike of less than a mile with no serious elevation gains.  We will be spending a lot of time shooting along country roads, beaches and coastal trails that will require scrambling over rocks and down hillsides.  The terrain along the coast can be very uneven and sometimes slippery so caution is always a prudent consideration.  Hiking boots and a modest level of health and fitness will greatly enhance your experience.

Above Gallery Images © Benjamin Williamson Photography


Participants are responsible for their own lodging, transportation and meals.  Carpooling is encouraged to minimize our footprint as well as foster camaraderie.  Specific hotel recommendations will be provided upon registration.


Workshop registration is being handled by Down East Enterprise.  You will be redirected to their website when registering.  Please review the cancelation policy on their website.